Malawi has achieved the MDG target on water access. Yet 30% of water-points are not functional at any given time, which provides a challenge to achieve the newly adopted SDG 6 (JSPR, 2015).
The key causes of non-functionality are: • lack of governance over the structure • lack of understanding of costs associated with water point operations, maintenance and replacement • no financing mechanism for maintenance, repairs and replacement (Chowns, 2014) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is defined as a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems (GWP Annual Report, 2014).
Based off of this background, Water For People partnered with Strathclyde University and charity: water in 2012 to implement an IWRM approach in 18 villages in the Traditional Authority Chapananga in Chikwawa, Malawi.
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